Monthly Wrap Up: July 2016

Monthly Wrap Up July 2016

July flew by way too fast. I’m so sad. I’M SO HAPPY I’M DONE MY PHYSICS SUMMER COURSE. But I didn’t have any time to sneak in reviews…so I guess I am sad. But you know what can make me feel better??? Ice Cream. (And books, but that’s a give-in.)

ICYMI: July was National Ice Cream Month. So, now that I’ve finished summer school, I think I deserve some ice cream, y’know?!

Not to mention this month was sizzling hot for me! *sips ice cold raspberry lemonade* But you know, I was trapped inside my room learning Physics…but hey! Air conditioning! 😛

Anyway, enough of my rambling! Let’s see what July looked like!Read More »

Books with a Purpose Tag + Recommendations!

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I was tagged by the awesome Melissa @ BookNerdMoMo to do this. So, if you haven’t already checked her blog out, go do it!! The book gods wish it so.

Rules:

  • Mention the person who tagged you in your post and provide a link to their blog.
  • Fill out the 9 questions in the tag.
  • For each question, insert a gif of how you feel about the book(s) or author.
  • Tag 5 people and/or everyone to do this tag!
  • Before you post the tag, do a five-second party dance. Cause you dat awesome.

*Nominations will be at the end of this post!*Read More »

Recap: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Recap Time

So today is the release of Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout!!!! *screams profusely* I thought it would be a perfect time to introduce a new feature that I will hopefully write more of! RECAPS!! I’m sure we’ve reread Wicked already through all the wait, but if you haven’t and you’ve forgotten everything that has happened, don’t worry. I got your back 😉

Here’s a detailed recap of what you need to know before reading Torn!

Disclaimer: If you have not read Wicked, you have been warned. A LOT OF SPOILERS AHEAD!!!Read More »

Review: This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

this is where the world endsThis is Where the World Ends
By Amy Zhang

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Average Rating: 3.47

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction,
POV: First Person Limited: After (Micah) and Before/Journal Entries (Janie)
Cover Love: The feathers!! The background with the words!! So wonderfully beautiful.
My Rating: 3.5/5


Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance in a second novel.


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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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By Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 409 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Scholastic Press

Average Rating: 4.07

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
POV: Dual Third Person (Sean & Puck)
Cover Love: The silhouette of the water horse and (possibly?) Puck with the red spotted background is very artistic.
My Rating: 5/5


It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.Read More »

Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated by the fabulous Melissa @ BookNerdMoMo. If you haven’t followed her yet, then go check her wonderful blog out! ❤

Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two advice to new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

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Library Haul #1 | Rereads, rereads and attempt #2

*singsongs* Aren’t libraries the most beautiful place in the world?! For the past few years, I hardly read physical copies of the books I read. Yes, visits to the library are very rare in my life. 😦 SO WHEN I ACTUALLY GOOOO?? IT’S A MAGICAL TIME AND I BORROW LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS!! (I only borrowed 5 this time, which I have to say is pretty impressive because I always end up borrowing 12-15 books. The self-control here is pretty evident guys, don’t you think?) OR MAYBE IT’S TERRIBLE AND SAD BECAUSE ONLY FIVE BOOKS?!? Come on, Michelle!! 

Anyway, here’s what I borrowed!Read More »

Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

the problem of foreverThe Problem with Forever
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hardcover, 480 pages

Published May 17th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
Average Rating: 4.09

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
POV: First Person (Mallory)
Cover Love: The watercolours, the title, the ART.
My Rating: 4.5/5

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.Read More »

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

21570318Crimson Bound
By Rosamund Hodge

Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Average Rating: 3.69

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
POV: Third Person Limited (Rachelle)
Cover Love: The spiral with the red cape is gorgeous. It combines the retelling and Hodge’s new world effortlessly.
My Rating: 4/5


 When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.Read More »

July 2016: Most Anticipated Releases

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School’s out. Time for boooooks!! I’m definitely getting a more contemporary feel with the releases I chose for this month, so I guess we are continuing the trend from last month. I’m going to be swooning and wishing for a summer romance all through July. And what better to live through those summer dreams than escaping into the joys inbetween the pages?Read More »